It may not display this or other websites correctly. This website is not affiliated with any school or team. Students recently voted on the question.Â, A belted kingfisher sits on a branch in Oak Brook in 2011. During a physics discussion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she idly sketched out a belted kingfisher, a blue and orange bird she saw many times while fishing on her family’s farm outside Kinmundy, Illinois. The idea came to Spencer Hulsey in a doodle. University of Illinois students approved the bird as the school's mascot.Â. It’s not a COVID-19 vaccine or anything, but I’ll take what I can get right now. Could the belted kingfisher, an orange and blue predatory bird, become the University of Illinois’ new mascot? The University has not had a mascot since Chief Illiniwek was retired in 2007, 13 years ago. Last year someone came up with the WWI doughboy. The Belted Kingfisher is a new proposal, which is native to Illinois, is the school colors of Blue and Orange, and only the female Kingfisher is Blue and Orange so that it would be the first female mascot … CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — University of Illinois students approved the idea the university should adopt the Belted Kingfisher as its mascot. The resolution called for Chancellor Robert Jones to adopt a new mascot, condemn public displays of Chief Illiniwek and consider the kingfisher … Officials report four new cases of coronavirus in Illinois, bringing total in state to 11; Gov. The choice has already passed an important test by … No credit card required. Many consider Chief Illiniwek a … This week, the proposal passed by 625 votes out of about 7,800 votes cast. She said the kingfisher could help to heal wounds still raw on the campus. I think this mascot suggestion is for the birds. An advisory panel in 2018 suggested the school consider adopting an official mascot, but little has happened since then. You have permission to edit this article. That could be changing, though. I am afraid to even type this for fear of getting 2020 stink all over the words, but here it goes anyway: Something good might happen. University of Illinois senior Spencer Hulsey's design for a new mascot: the appropriately orange-and-blue-colored belted kingfisher, which is native to Illinois. “It’s a pretty intimidating predatory bird,” Zhou said. AFAIK this proposal doesn't have anything to do with a name change — would be similar to Stanford having the Tree, while their team name is the Stanford Cardinal. After Hulsey fleshed out her doodle and presented it to the Illinois Student Government, the organization decided to put it to a campuswide vote. This week, the proposal passed by 625 votes out of about 7,800 votes cast. One confused correspondent, she said, referred to her as an “uninformed millennial” (“I’m technically Gen Z,” she said). The Chief or nobody. Spencer Hulsey, a former U of I student, began the campaign last year. Why are students stuck on thinking we need a mascot?????? URBANA — Alma Otter may have gone down in defeat, but mascot talk at the University of Illinois goes on. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s senate on Monday endorsed the idea of making the belted kingfisher -- a blue and orange bird native to the state and known for its high-speed dives -- the school’s new mascot… During a physics discussion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she idly sketched out a belted kingfisher, a blue and … For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. The new mascot would be the “Belted Kingfisher.” Students voted in favor of the mascot with a 4,222 to 3,597 vote. I'm being sincere here... Alma Otter was a WAY better idea for a mascot (a la the Stanford Tree). Go Illinoisl, I kinda like it, and if the students vote to go forward with that, I'm all in favor of doing so. You are using an out of date browser. You can cancel at any time. Are you ready? Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. The kingfisher would also be the lone Big Ten mascot to be overtly female: The male of the species is blue and gray, while the female is blue and orange. In just a few days, the Senate of the University of Illinois will decide whether to adopt the Belted Kingfisher as the school’s mascot. Gov. Hulsey said she has already received blowback from alumni worried that a new mascot would scuttle any chance that Chief Illiniwek might come back. A tad more fierce. Students at the university in Champaign were polled by the student election commission last week on whether they wanted to adopt a blue and orange Belted Kingfisher, a bird commonly found across North America, as their new mascot… I am not and have never been a student at Illinois, so I’m not sure my opinion means anything ... but booooo. The Prairire Chickens. The Bitterns. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday four new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, bringing the total to 11, and he issued a disaster proclamation giving the state access to state money and possibly federal reimbursement for the costs of fighting the potentially deadly illness. She said the bird’s crisp graphic design and uniqueness as a mascot gave it an edge over Alma Otter, which started as a jokey meme. The undergraduate student senate at the University of Illinois has voted 105-2 (with 4 abstaining) in favor of replacing the Fighting Illini mascot with the belted kingfisher. PROVIDED BY SPENCER HUSLEY VIA CHICAGO TRIBUNE Please subscribe to keep reading. Students voted last week on the referendum. I liked that idea. This is what happens when you let people who don't attend games make decisions.... sigh. “It hunts by beating its prey against a rock and swallowing it whole.